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May 22, 2013

Fulton Community Center completed

Center to hold social, other events.

FULTON — Almost a decade in the making, the Fulton Community Center is up and running.

The Fulton Community Center opened May 1 after about a year of construction on the 8,015-square-foot building. The multipurpose facility was proposed in 2005 and construction began last April.

The building, funded through several grants and partly built by volunteers, includes a large gymnasium, a kitchen, two bathrooms with showers and an 80-person conference room.

Alan Miller, president of the Fulton Improvement Committee, said the building had its first function in May as it hosted the Caston Junior-Senior High School prom.

Though the building had some construction issues, Diane Zimpleman, who worked with the building committee since its beginning, said she and all the volunteers are happy to see it completed.

“We’re real pleased with it,” Zimpleman said.

Zimpleman stressed that the building’s completion was made possible by scores of volunteers, from truck drivers to concrete crews.

“We had a hand in just about everything but the construction,” Zimpleman said.

The building will host athletic events, educational events and social events, including wedding receptions, open houses and reunions, Miller said.

But the building is open to whoever rents it, he said.

Wendell Burton, vice president and treasurer of the committee, said the center is meeting their goal of serving the community.

“We really tried to design it for a multipurpose,” Burton said.

Though most of the construction is completed, Miller said they still need to raise money to put a finished floor on the cement.

“Right now we don’t have enough for a finished floor,” Miller said.  

They’re also looking to add a volleyball court to the gymnasium, Burton said.

In a few years, Miller said he’d also like to hire an activities director for the facility.

“That’s down the road,” Miller said.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

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